“Everyone knows it doesn’t matter. What matters is how we play against Missouri. That’s the only thing we can control.”
Video: Georgia coach Kirby Smart speaks about Saturday's game against Missouri. Video by Chip Towers.
Sixth is good. Last season, the one-loss Bulldogs won out in the regular season and moved up to No. 4 by the time they met Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. After the narrow loss to the Crimson Tide, UGA ended up fifth in the final CFB rankings and missed the playoffs.
Georgia was also a one-loss team when it reached the CFP finals in 2017. That year, the Bulldogs opened at No. 1 in the initial rankings, dropped to 7 after losing to Auburn on the road the next week, then gradually moved back up before re-entering at No. 3 after defeating Auburn handily for the conference championship.
The Bulldogs then defeated Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl before losing to a one-loss Alabama team in the national championship game.
Tuesday night, Ohio State was ranked No. 1, followed by LSU, Alabama and Penn State in the initial Top 4 this year. Undefeated defending national champion Clemson was a somewhat surprising fifth in these first ratings, which are decided by an appointed committee utilizing a variety of data.
Florida, which lost to Georgia 24-17 this past Saturday in Jacksonville, was 10th.